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Read my full day to day blog of my first big overseas solo trip.
Day 97 (13th March 2016) Standard buffet breakfast at the hotel started with me nearly knocking down the whole table when I sat down and the whole table cloth came with me. We all meet down in reception to make our way to Hue airport to catch a flight to Hanoi our final flight as a Contiki family.
Arriving in Hanoi there is an hour long bus ride till we reach the heart of the city were we hop off the bus and go to see the kings place where I truly felt like royalty when I got 3 different Asian groups wanting to take photos with me. I’m not too sure why. Apparently it’s because of my fair skin and colour of my hair, which is auburn. This building is like gold to the Vietnamese. We walked around the block to find the bus which would take us to lunch. The restaurant the group ended up eating at was this really cool organisation that takes kids off the street and gives them an education in hospitality and catering so that they can be off the street and have a job.
After lunch we walked across the road to the academic literature park. Where the first university of Vietnam was created. The building is on the 100,000 Dong note. Next on the list was to arrive at the hotel which we walked a few blocks to get to. We had a short while to rest before going on a walking city tour which started with the lake in the centre of the city. It has an island in the middle which goes by the name of Turtle Island as there are turtles in the lake that are over 2 meters wide. Then make our way around the lake and towards the night market were the street is filled with stalls that sell everything.
Dinner was street food picking up little bits of different things along the way. After a couple of hours we somehow found ourselves in a side street that had a live band in the middle of the street which was super cool. They played both western and Vietnamese music so the whole crowd could get involved. We listened for a while before walking a street or two over that was packed to the brim with tourist and Vietnamese. You just got to squeeze through the crowd find a tiny coloured plastic stool and sit and someone will run over to you wanting to get you a drink. Rica and I went back to the markets quick before they would shut at midnight to get the last minute deals. Sadly on the way back to the bar street we may of got a tad lost in trying to find our way, however, it was a good adventure. Once meeting back up with the group we all made our way back to the hotel and even then went down one or two wrong streets till we found the right one :)
xx Kirsty Claire xx